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How Does a Geothermal System Work?

Posted on February 16, 2016 | Cooling, Geothermal, Heating

Do you want to save money on your electric and hot water bills?

A typical American family pays at least $2,000 a year on home electric, according to the US Department of Energy.

You can save up to 80% each year on hot water, heating and cooling by switching from traditional HVAC to a geothermal heat pump.

What is geothermal heating?

A geothermal heating and cooling system uses the natural stable ground temperature to warm the home in winter and keep it cool in summer.

How Does A Geothermal System Work?

After a geothermal system is installed, the heat pump, usually located in the garage or basement, circulates liquid through pipes 300 feet deep into the ground. The liquid adjusts to the ground temperature and circulates back up to the geothermal heat pump.

In the winter, the heat from the liquid is extracted and distributed around the home. In the summer, heat is taken from the home into the liquid which carries it into the ground to cool.

Because of how a geothermal heating and cooling system works, it doesn’t require fossil fuels or a lot of electricity, it is environmentally friendly. In fact, it’s recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a clean, renewable source of energy that is greatly underutilized.

The following infographic helps clarify how a geothermal system works.



How a Geothermal System Saves You Money

A geothermal heating and cooling system can help you lower utility bills and make a positive impact on the environment. On top of saving money with a geothermal system in the long run, many homeowners are taking advantage of the federal tax credit that pays for 30% of the installation cost for a geothermal heating and cooling system. Depending on your home’s location you can also save money on electricity by contacting your local power provider.

Have more questions about how a geothermal heat pump works? Contact us today and we’ll calculate how much money you can save by installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home.